It’s been a rocky start to the year. I’ve tried to keep my blog “real” and talk the good, the bad, and the ugly about Retirement Transitions. I wrote (blog link here) about some of the challenges I’m facing in my mom’s 500-mile move to an Assisted Living facility near me. This blog talks about … Continue reading Rocky Start to 2023
And retirement life is no different in having major life transitions. Some transitions are planned, some are unexpected, and some planned but have a lot of uncertainty still involved. Beyond the transition of leaving a full-time career, other life transitions in my own retirement years included starting and ending a consulting “second career”, dealing with … Continue reading Life is Full of Transitions
In 2022, my focus was all about learning to live in Florida full-time. I called my blog Retirement Transitions, and this was a really big transition for our retirement. We have been living in Florida full-time for 19 months and I do feel like we have settled in well. I am coming to terms with … Continue reading 2022 Year in Review
In one of my summer readings, I came across the concept that a life of discipline leads to fullness of life (happiness). “With a life live with discipline, we become a better version of ourselves every day, able to fulfill our destiny and find happiness.” Mathew Kelly As I continue to process my acceptance of … Continue reading Dabbling versus Discipline
While it feels a bit cliché to be crafting a blog post on the topic of gratitude in November (which in the USA is our Thanksgiving holiday), the practice of gratitude has been a significant factor in achieving a feeling of happiness in my retirement. I use this practice a few different ways: Daily gratitude … Continue reading Gratitude
Given my blog’s name, I do continue to read articles on retirement transition. I appreciate others perspective on this life milestone. Many writers continue to work on shifting the perspective of what retirement is in today’s world. Too often retirement is still viewed as a diminishment of the individual, a time of stagnation and decline, … Continue reading Retirement Transition – some new thoughts
This past summer I reconsidered my Seasonal To-Do List as a Possibilities List and found that mindset shift very up-lifting. (See Link to Berate or Celebrate blog here.) I recalled early in my retirement transition, as part of the Retirement Transition Process, I created a very long Possibilities List. (First post about that idea here: … Continue reading Possibilities Lists – A Retirement Transition Tool
When I was writing about Life Purpose recently (link here), I started to think that finding a grand Life Purpose (capital letters) might be a “Retirement Myth” meaning ideas about retirement that are not really true. Or aspects of retirement that if you don't implement for yourself, you feel like you’ve failed. What other retirement myths … Continue reading Retirement Myths?
A friend sent me an article about intentionality in friendship, saying it sounded a bit like me. (see link here) Actually, this described someone more anal than me when it comes to Intentional Connections! I’m mentioned this many times, but when I retired, I lost 75% of my daily connections. Our Big Move to Florida … Continue reading Being Intentional about Friendship
I’ve struggled in my retirement transition with the concept of Life Purpose. It is not as simple as answering the question, ”Do I have a life purpose?” I struggled so much with it that I abandoned the term in favor of Personal Development! See previous posts on Life Purpose, A Purpose-driven retirement and key life … Continue reading A Grand Life Purpose or Just Little Ripples?